The YES offers summer camp programs for 14-18 year olds. Expand your leadership and team building skills while canoeing, hiking, swimming, and connecting with youth from around the province. Experience a summer camp like no other.
Who should sign up? Roots is the first level of The YES program, for youth finishing grades 8-11. Roots is for new participants, or participants who have completed one Roots level camp and have just finished grade 8 or 9.
Please note: Participants must have completed grade 8 before attending The YES.
What do we do? Roots focuses on bringing together youth from all over the province and creating a strong, supportive, amazing community with everyone involved. Participants can expect to spend a week being themselves, learning about themselves, and making lifelong friends in the process. Focusing on the values of self-awareness, communication, leadership and co-operation, these retreats are a powerful introduction to co-operative youth leadership in a stimulating wilderness setting. Right on Cowichan Lake, the camps also include options for many outdoor activities including canoeing, soccer, and ultimate frisbee. For more information, take a look at a typical day at YES camp!
Who should sign up? Pathways is designed for returning campers finishing grades 10-12, as well as new campers finishing grade 11 or 12 who are ready to jump in to our advanced program.
What do we do? Pathways is the next step up from our Roots programs. Participants take on greater responsibility, and are challenged to expand their leadership, self-awareness, and team building skills in a spirit of fun and friendship. This camp gives participants a chance to become an even closer community, having already met each other at the Roots level. For more information, take a look at a typical day at YES camp!
Camp Rate: $775.00
Early bird registration fees are due 4 weeks prior to the start of the registered camp date. Standard camp fees are due 2 weeks prior to the start of the registered camp date. Please see our camp policies for further information. Please note that exceptions will be made for the 2020 season.
The YES makes every effort to make camp accessible to everyone and we understand that camp fees may be a challenge for many families. To help with the cost of camp, there are monthly payment plans available within our registration process as well as financial subsidies from The YES and sponsorships from many BC Co-ops and Credit Unions. More information about sponsorship is available here.
Location: All camps take place at Cowichan Lake Outdoor Education and Conference Centre on Vancouver Island.
Transportation: All transportation to camp, excluding ferry fare, is included in the camper fee. Pick up and drop off are available from Kelowna, Merritt, Abbotsford, Vancouver, Horseshoe Bay and Nanaimo. Participants must get themselves to one of these locations. More information about transport is available here.
Summer 2020 Update:
May 27: Unfortunately, as per the BC Health Authority's announcement on May 26, 2020, The YES is cancelling our scheduled camp programs. We will be providing more information about our ongoing projects, as we continue to support our greater community through this time of great uncertainty.
Thank you for your patience as we navigate this unusual summer.